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Val Ginsburg as a young man in Lithuania, before the Holocaust. (c) HSFA.

Val Ginsburg

Val experienced the Soviet and Nazi invasions of Lithuania. He survived the Kaunas ghetto, forced labour and near starvation in concentration camps during the Second World War.

Val’s Story Val’s Story
Arek Hersh (front, seated) photographed in 1945 shortly after liberation. (c) HSFA

Arek Hersh

Arek survived the Łódz ghetto and Auschwitz concentration camp. Most of his family were murdered in the death camp at Chełmno in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Arek’s Story Arek’s Story
Eugene Black photographed at Paderborn shortly after liberation. (c) HSFA

Eugene Black

Eugene survived forced labour at Buchenwald, Mittelbau-Dora and Ellrich concentration camps before being liberated from Bergen-Belsen in April 1945.

Eugene’s Story Eugene’s Story
Iby Knill and her brother Tomy in 1938. (c) HSFA

Iby Knill

Iby grew up in Bratislava, then the capital of Czechoslovakia. She escaped to Hungary after the Nazi invasion but was later caught and deported to Auschwitz.

Iby’s Story Iby’s Story